The Metropolis Community

I may be falling in love with London all over again. Listening to our seemingly endless complaints, about shoddy workmanship; garbage on the streets; the crumbling transport infrastructure; and the lack of forethought, follow-up, or responsibility-taking that appears to be the sad norm in customer service here, a recent visitor asked “What is the value … More The Metropolis Community

Stonor Valley Hike

On 21 May, I pulled on my trekking shoes and headed to Henley on Thames to hike in and around the Stonor Valley. I got the idea from the Wegoplaces website, which provides a list of country walks near london. The site does not provide much detail about this particular walk (it does for some … More Stonor Valley Hike


A few weeks ago, we took a day trip to Whitstable, an old fishing village on Kent’s north coast. We were really fortunate with the weather, and transport there and back was pleasant and free of surprises. It made for a really nice brief escape from London. Here are a few photos from “downtown”: We … More Whitstable

Regent’s Canal

A few Saturdays ago, I spent the day walking the Regent’s Canal towpath. The towpath is 13.7 km / 8.5 mi long and runs from near Paddington train station to Limehouse Basin in the east of the city. You can read more about it on the Canal & River Trust website (source of the map … More Regent’s Canal